Djokovic legend continues to grow following US Open triumph

Doug Mendoza
September 10, 2018

Djokovic claimed his second Grand Slam in succession and 14th in his illustrious career with a 6-3 7-6 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic and Del Potro walked on Arthur Ashe Stadium court with the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center still buzzing over the controversial women's final on Saturday, won by Japan's Naomi Osaka after Serena Williams incurred three code violations.

Del Potro - the 2009 champion back for a second slam final after overcoming career-threatening wrist injuries - threw everything he had at his rival, but Djokovic absorbed the Argentinian's power superbly, his returning of serve particularly outstanding.

Things looked ominous for Del Potro as Djokovic seized control early on, moving magnificently and constructing a number of superb points with precision striking. Only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17) have more.

When Djokovic is at his best, few can match him and after this win, only two men in Open Era history have held more major titles.

Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to almost every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.

"When I had the surgery in my elbow earlier this year, I could truly understand what Juan Martin was going through".

'Up to' five people found dead in Perth home
At the time of the incident, Mr Steel said it was "potentially the most horrific crime scene he has ever been called to". In May four children and three adults were found dead in a murder-suicide near Margaret River in the state's south-west.

Fears for Shaw after injury in England v Spain
England have now lost three matches in a row - against Croatia , Belgium and now Spain - proof they are still a work in progress. Spain emerged victorious tonight, beating England 2-1 at Wembley both team's first match in the UEFA Nations League .

Ariana Grande Reacts After Being Blamed For Mac Miller's Death
She tweeted back: "I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be". No matter who you blame in this situation, undoubtedly, Miller's death is upsetting to Ariana .

In the immediate aftermath of Djokovic's victory, he embraced del Potro at the net in a heartwarming show of class and respect between the friends and foes.

"Del Porto, who turns 30 later this month, might have reached the final unexpectedly, but the 6'6" Argentine's blistering serve is something that could bring trouble for Djokovic.

"There was always part of me that believed I could come back relatively quickly to the level of tennis that I once was playing", Djokovic, 31, said before Sunday's match. But Djokovic was in no mood to hang around, winning the last three games to clinch the crown.

It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.

In a tight opening set, there was only a single break point and Djokovic made it count to go up 5-3 before serving it out.

An emotional Del Potro shed tears in his chair at the end of the contest, but the 29-year-old can be hugely proud of his efforts after a thrilling run in the Big Apple. "Of course I'm sad because I lose but I'm happy for Novak, you deserved to win", del Potro said.

Other reports by GizPress

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER